For the last two years, Amber Bowser has driven an hour-and-a-half every day to and from her home in West Covina to work at a car rental service in Van Nuys. The commute is dreadful, but like many Californians, Bowser said she has to strike a balance between housing and work.
"It's the best job I could find because applying to places it’s either minimum wage, and even if you get a server job, you have to have so much experience," Bowser said.
High housing costs are not only a big problem for California workers but also for companies. Developers, politicians, and business leaders gathered at a forum called "Housing Our Workers" Wednesday in Van Nuys to try to come up with solutions aimed at easing the housing crunch for middle-class workers.